In more developed countries, governments work to support those individuals who are disadvantaged by disability, neglect, abuse or poverty and provide them and their families with financial, housing, respite, educational and medical support. In Peru, the government chooses not to provide this support to the same extent and so the lives of those who are born disabled or become disabled through injury or have developmental issues or other medical syndromes can be miserable and hopeless. The lack of education and awareness of potential support often means these children and adult are either hidden from the world, abandoned, become street dwellers or remain with a condition that in another country would be cured.
Asociacion Yanapasun works with the community in and around Urubamba in the Sacred Valley of Peru, to provide support for local people affected in these ways to give them an opportunity to have a life with dignity, hope and without fear. The money donated provides a safe place to work (the therapy center) with a small team of dedicated paid professional staff. All volunteers who come to work for us are either professionally qualified and/or have experience relevant to supporting our patients, their families and local staff. Donations are also used to ensure the center has equipment to provide professional and safe services to all of our patients. We also have initiatives where donations are used as a capital to improve the homes of certain evaluated families that will provide a more hygienic and practical environment for living with someone affected by disability.